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Six News Now Purchases Panasonic P2 Gear

To use equipment for ENG and commercial production (April 28, 2005)

Panasonic Broadcast has announced that Six News Now (Sarasota, FL), a New York Times Company property, will convert its news operations and commercial production to the DVCPRO P2 solid-state memory recording system.

Located within the newsroom of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune newspaper, SNN6 is a convergence operation, sharing staff with the newspaper to serve communities throughout southwest Florida with 24/7 coverage of news and specialized local programming (e.g., business, sports, entertainment, real estate, science, etc.). The networks P2 purchase includes seven AJ-SPX800 cameras, seven AJ-PCD10 Drives and 50 2GB P2 cards.

John Baisley, president, Panasonic Broadcast, said, ?Were delighted that the Six News Now has selected DVCPRO P2 for its highly-efficient news operation. The workflow advantages of P2 will make SNN an even faster and more efficient news gathering operation and P2s lower cost of ownership provides the network with operational cost savings.

For editing, the network will utilize the DaletPlus News Suite solution, integrating scripting and video editing tools with news automation, rundown management and playout control.

Panasonics DVCPRO P2 series products -- adopted by more than 60 U.S. TV stations -- are fully compatible with DVCPRO, the industrys standard for digital newsgathering, and provide a seamless migration path to DVCPRO HD. DVCPRO P2 offers nonlinear acquisition and instant access to material, high-speed file transfer, laptop field editing without requirement for proxy videos, and compatibility with off-the-shelf data storage drives for low-cost archiving, while eliminating traditional digitizing and ingesting operations. The core DVCPRO P2 products AJ-SPX800 camcorder, AJ-SPD850 recorder, and AJ-PCD10 drive -- eliminate transports and mechanisms, resulting in a significant maintenance cost-savings because of the absence of any moving parts that can break down or wear out from repetitive use. Moreover, DVCPRO P2 products are resistant to environmental extremes including shock, vibration, and humidity. The P2 card is re-usable, allowing a station to substantially reduce its media budget.

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About Panasonic Broadcast
Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems Co. is a leading supplier of broadcast, professional video and presentation products and systems. Panasonic Broadcast is a unit company of Panasonic Corporation of North America. The company is the North American headquarters of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (NYSE: MC) of Japan, and the hub of its U.S. marketing, sales, service and R&D operations

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